Here’s where things stand heading into Day 88 of the Trump administration:
President Trump spent much of the campaign vowing to reduce competition for American workers.
On Tuesday, he will sign an executive order in pursuit of that goal — although it’s unclear how much the administration can actually do without Congress’s approval.
Here are the two main objectives of the executive order, which Trump will sign in the afternoon as part of a trip to Kenosha, Wis.
The first goal is to lay the foundation for overhauling programs that allow foreign workers into the United States. In their current form, Trump sees these programs — including the H-1B visa program used by technology companies — as sources of cheap labor that drive down wages and limit opportunities for U.S. workers.
The executive order will not make any immediate changes to these programs. Instead, it will direct the departments of Labor, Justice, Homeland Security and State to conduct a wholesale review of current policy and recommend improvements.
The second goal is to ensure American companies are given priority when the federal government awards contracts.
This will involve another policy review, this time by the Department of Commerce. Officials will study procurement policies and trade agreements to see how they affect U.S. companies’ ability to compete for government contracts, with a view toward eventually leveling the playing field.
TRUMP CONGRATULATED TURKEY’S ERDOGAN
Where does the Trump administration stand on the referendum that expanded the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan?
Ask the State Department, and you’ll get a carefully worded statement noting irregularities in the vote as reported by election observers and urging Turkey to respect citizens’ rights.
Ask the White House, and you’ll hear that Trump congratulated Erdogan in a call Monday and thanked him for supporting U.S. missile strikes in Syria two weeks ago.
Voting irregularities? Human rights? Apparently not part of their conversation, according to the White House summary.
This is the latest in a string of examples where Trump’s deputies have appeared to take a harder line than the president on certain foreign policy matters.
WHITE HOUSE CRITICIZED FOR LACK OF TRANSPARENCY
White House press secretary Sean Spicer found himself on the defensive Monday when it came to Trump’s decision not to publicly release White House visitor logs and his continued refusal to publish his tax returns.
Attention to the two issues has intensified over the past several days. The White House announced Friday it would keep visitor logs secret, drawing a barrage of criticism from watchdog groups, and thousands of Americans marched in dozens of cities Saturday, demanding to see Trump’s tax returns.
Spicer defended the decision not to publish the visitor logs by saying former president Barack Obama, whose White House released the names of most visitors online about 90 to 120 days after their appointments, was engaged only in “faux” transparency.
Spicer also argued Trump cannot release his tax returns because he is under audit, a rationale used since the presidential campaign.
HOW MUCH TIME DOES TRUMP SPEND AT MAR-A-LAGO?
It’s clear Trump loves his private club in Palm Beach, Fla. He goes there almost every weekend.
But exactly how much time has Trump spent at Mar-a-Lago as president compared with everywhere else?
Our colleague crunched the numbers and found this: As of noon on April 17, Trump has spent 424.5 hours in Palm Beach since his inauguration. He’s spent 1,663.5 hours in other places, including on Air Force One en route to Florida.
If you do the math, that means Trump has spent one of every five minutes of his presidency in Palm Beach.
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